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Defense Articles Removed from U.S. Munitions Import List

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has issued an interim final rule that, effective April 28, will amend its regulations to remove from the U.S. Munitions Import List the following defense articles that ATF has determined no longer warrant import control under the Arms Export Control Act.

- riflescopes manufactured to military specifications and specifically designed or modified components therefor, which are readily available through diverse domestic commercial sources and do not present a significant concern for trafficking or diversion into illicit channels

- ammunition belting and linking machines and ammunition manufacturing machines and ammunition loading machines (except hand-loading ones), which are readily available from domestic vendors in the U.S. and do not pose a trafficking and diversion threat warranting import control under the AECA

- ablative materials fabricated or semi-fabricated from advanced composites (e.g., silica, graphite, carbon, carbon/carbon, and boron filaments) for launch vehicles, guided missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs and mines, which are a low threat to domestic security and are readily available in the domestic market

- mine sweeping equipment, harbor entrance detection devices, and related components and controls, which have numerous domestic suppliers and are low threats to domestic security

- engines specifically designed or modified for certain tanks and military vehicles, which are substantially the same as those commercially available in the domestic market and not likely to be diverted for criminal use

- biological agents (paragraph (b) in category XIV (toxicological agents and equipment and radiological equipment)), which are regulated by the departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services

- nuclear radiation detection and measuring devices manufactured to military specification and components, parts, accessories, attachments and associated equipment specifically designed or modified for certain articles in category XIV

- articles, material, equipment or devices that are specifically designed or modified for use in the design, development or fabrication of nuclear weapons or nuclear explosive devices, which are under the control of the Department of Energy

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